Here are some movies that I highly recommend seeing during the month of October or while you are at home on Halloween waiting for the kiddies to come a knocking on your door for their annual take of candy. With the convenience of the internet, you can take advantage of secure credit card processing and prompt delivery services by picking these up online. Just click on the image or title to purchase the DVD.
The Amityville Horror Starring: James Brolin, Margot Kidder
A family moves into a haunted house where they get scared not just out of their wits but out of their home as well. James Brolin and Margot Kidder star as newlyweds who move into the empty home and are gradually affected by the legacy of a murder committed on the premises. Rod Steiger is a priest who can tell what's up and gets dispatched in a rather ugly way.
Army of Darkness Starring: Bruce Cambell, Embeth Davidtz
The Evil Dead's Ash travels back to medieval times where he takes on an army of zombies and skeletons. Bruce Campbell, is Ash, a hardware-store clerk who is magically transported--along with his beat-up Oldsmobile and a chainsaw attachment for his severed left forearm--to the brutal battlefields of the 14th century. He quickly assumes power (who else in the Middle Ages packs a shotgun and a chainsaw?), and unites his band of medieval knights against the dreaded Army of the Dead.
The Blair Witch Project Starring: Heather Donahue With: Joshua Leonard and Michael Williams
Three missing college students make a journey to the woods of Western Maryland in 1994 with the purpose of making a documentary about a "witch." It begins with footage of the crew leaving their homes and testing their equipment. After filming some local yokels (and providing scant background on the witch herself), the three, led by Heather, head into the woods for some on-location shooting - and they are never seen again! What we see is a reconstruction of their found footage. After losing their way in the forest, whining soon gives way to real terror as the three find themselves stalked by unknown forces that leave piles of rocks outside their campsite and stick-figure art projects in the woods.
Bram Stoker's Dracula Starring: Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder
Sumptuous retelling of the Dracula legend as originally conceived by Stoker in his 1897 novel. Avenging the death of his beloved wife, a 15th-century Romanian warrior lives on through the ages... and sets his sights on Victorian London. Gary Oldman and Winona Ryder, as the Count and Mina Murray, are a pair of star-crossed lovers. She's betrothed to another man; he has a habit of feeding off the living. Anthony Hopkins plays Van Helsing, the vampire slayer. Tom Waits is Renfield, the hapless slave of Dracula who craves the blood of insects and cats. Sadie Frost is a sexy Lucy Westenra. And poor Keanu Reeves, as Jonathan Harker, has the misfortune to be seduced by Dracula's three wives. There's a little bit of everything in this version of Dracula: gore, high-speed horseback chases, passion, and longing. Sexual, sinuous, exquisitely realized.
Carrie Starring: Sissy Spacek, Piper Laurie, William Katt, John Travolta
The terrifying adaptation of Stephen King's bestselling horror novel. Sissy Spacek stars as Carrie White, the beleaguered daughter of a religious kook (Piper Laurie) and a social outcast tormented by her cruel, insensitive classmates. When her rage turns into telekinetic powers, however, it produces a horrific climax in the school gym. John Travolta has a small part as a thug, and Nancy Allen is his girlfriend.
Creepshow Starring: Ted Danson, Adrienne Barbeau
With: Hal Holbrook, Stephen King, Leslie Nielsen
From the pen of Stephen King. 'Creepshow' includes such strange dementia as beachfront psychopaths, visitors from the grave, and meteors which grow on people. Inspired by the controversial E.C. Comics of the 1950s--which also provided the title and inspiration for the popular Tales from the Crypt TV series--director George Romero and screenwriter Stephen King serve up a collection of five tales of terror. Utilizing comic-book panels, animated segues, and exaggerated lighting and camera angles, this movie comes very close to replicating a horror comic in film format. The results mix fine acting with the morbid sense of humor and irony that made the E.C. books so popular in their heyday. Stories include tales of a sinister father's day celebration, a mysterious meteor (starring Stephen King himself), seaweed-draped zombies, a monster in a crate, and a cockroach-phobic millionaire.
The Exorcist Starring: Ellen Burstyn, Linda Blair
Adapted by William Peter Blatty from his controversial bestseller, this shocking 1973 thriller set an intense and often-copied milestone for screen terror with its depiction of a young girl (Linda Blair) who is possessed by an evil spirit. Jason Miller and Max von Sydow are the priests who risk their sanity and their lives to administer the rites of demonic exorcism, and Ellen Burstyn, Blair's mother, can only stand by in horror as her daughter's body is wracked by satanic disfiguration. One of the most frightening films ever made and the years have not diminished its capacity to disturb even the most stoical viewers.
Fright Night Starring: Chris Sarandon, William Ragsdale, Roddy McDowall
A horror film fan discovers that a vampire lives next door. He tries to convince his friends that he is telling the truth before taking on the bloodsucker with the help of a late night TV horror show host. The action keeps moving at a frantic, fun pace--and this is easily the best mix of laughs and horror ever put on celluloid. It is an entertaining, old-fashioned horror outing energized by Richard Edlund's spectacular special effects and highlighted by wonderful performances by McDowall and Sarandon.
Flowers in the Attic Starring: Louise Fletcher, Victoria Tennant, Kristy Swanson
An adaption to the classic teen novel of adolescent torment and forbidden love. When the father of four beautiful children is suddenly killed, their mother (Victoria Tennant) takes them to the family home she fled 17 years earlier. Their fierce and frightening grandmother (Louise Fletcher) locks them in an upstairs room, from which the only escape is into the cluttered and cobwebbed attic. The children's isolation gets more and more extreme as their mother abandons them, leaving them to deal with their diabolical grandmother and escape on their own.
Interview With the Vampire Starring: Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Antonio Banderas, Christian Slater
Anne Rice's most famous novel brought to life... Louis (Brad Pitt), a 200 year-old vampire, is tells his life story to an interviewer (Christian Slater), who is shocked by his supernatural revelation. He was bitten by a vampire, making him into a vampire and then they both make a little vampire girl and all live together as a family in New Orleans.
Poltergeist Starring: Craig T. Nelson, JoBeth Williams
The Freelings are your typical American family. They're all very normal. But their house isn't. Strange things occur around the house, such as chairs moving by themselves and things becoming mis-placed; and the little girl, Carol Anne, starts talking to the TV when it is turned onto an empty channel... Then five year-old Carol Anne is kidnapped by something not of this earth...something so powerful, it can only be called The Beast. After Carol Anne's kidnapping by the evil spirits, her voice can be heard calling out from every corner of the house, but she cannot be found! Seeking help, the Freelings turn to a group of psychics; but the diabolical forces that have young Carol Anne in their grip won't let her go without a fight....Imaginative, frightening, funny, witty, spellbinding.
Practical Magic Starring: Sandra Bullock, Nicole Kidman
Two sisters grow up under the curse of their ancestor (a woman hanged as a witch): any man whom they truly love is doomed. The free-spirited one ignores the threat and leaves their New England home. The other lives with her witchly aunts, all too aware of the prophecy . . . until circumstance brings the sisters back together to work some magic of their own.
Pumpkinhead Starring: Lance Henriksen, Jeff East, John DiAquino, Kimberly Ross
A group of teenagers camping in a remote mountain resort accidentally kill a boy and cover it up, and his aggrieved father (Lance Henriksen) vows revenge. Enlisting the help of a local witch, he conjures up a mythic demonic monster to kill those responsible for his son's death. The creepy mood and some fine work by director Stan Winston (the special effects whiz behind Jurassic Park) make Pumpkinhead an eerie gothic horror tale and great viewing for Halloween nights.
The Shining Starring: Jack Nicholson, Shelley Duvall, Danny Lloyd
A family stay in an isolated hotel when Jack Nicholson takes the job of caretaker during the off-season. Soon Jack succumbs to the will of the evil spirits who haunt the place and, in his madness, turns his anger towards his family.
The Sixth Sense Starring: Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment
An intense thriller about a dedicated child psychologist who faces his greatest challenge in reaching and understanding a young boy who spends his life paralyzed by fear, because he is haunted by seemingly malevolent spirits. Child psychologist Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis) is trying to find out what's triggering Cole's visions, but what appears to be a psychological manifestation turns out to be frighteningly real.
Stir of Echoes Starring: Kevin Bacon, Ileanna Douglas
A blue-collar worker who laments his ordinary life, only to learn, when his sister-in-law hypnotizes him, that he is a "receiver" capable of seeing spirits and split-second glimpses of past and future events. It's a torturous gift to have--especially since his friendly Chicago neighborhood possesses a dark secret.
What Lies Beneath Starring: Harrison Ford, Michelle Pfeiffer
Dr. Norman Spencer's life and marriage seemed perfect. So perfect that when his wife Claire tells him that she is hearing mysterious voices and seeing a young woman's ghostly image in their home, he dismisses her mounting terror as delusion. However, as Claire moves closer to the truth it becomes clear that this apparition will not be dismissed, and has come back for Dr. Norman Spencer... and his beautiful wife.
Wolf Starring: Jack Nicholson, Michelle Pfeiffer, James Spader
A publisher knocks down a wolf on a deserted highway and is bitten as he checks it over. Arriving back in New York he finds that he is growing hairier and has an increase in youthful vigour. At the same time, he loses his job and discovers that his wife is having an affair, but gains a new girlfriend in the form of his employer's daughter.